Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What do a Dwarf Planet and a Polynesian God Have in Common?

They both share the same name: Makemake ( say it with me, MAH-kay, MAH-kay). The planet naming authority of the International Astronomical Union recently decided on the name, which comes from the Polynesian god of fertility and and creator of humanity.

The dwarf planet, is a member of the newly created plutoid subclass, where it joins Pluto and Eris.
Like its plutoid brethren, Makemake is far off from the sun, lying beyond Neptune.

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